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    My Morning Cup

    How does Heather Carbone take her coffee?

    My Morning Cup features the coffee rituals that most of us have. People from all walks of life — from US senators to ballplayers, subway drivers to college professors — have submitted entries that will run most days.

    Here, we reached Heather Carbone, the founder and president of The Urban Art Bar & The Juice Box, by e-mail.

    Heather Carbone, 32

    Founder and President, The Urban Art Bar & The Juice Box

    Describe your coffee routine. Where do you frequent, what do you like?

    I love espresso most of the time, but a good caramel iced latte is another favorite go to.

    Make or buy?


    I make my own espresso, European style, but buy my iced lattes.

    If make, what coffee do you use and how do you make it?

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    I make Tassimo espresso with the pods. Plain Jane, no milk, no sugar.

    If buy, where? What time? Do baristas know you?

    Now that the juice box serves organic coffee and cold-brew iced coffee, I frequent and visit Dominique, the hostess with the mostess!

    What’s your order?

    Costa Rican single origin blend.

    How do you take it?


    Iced or hot?


    Today it’s hot but usually iced, although I’m kind of digging this hot coffee.

    Alone or with company?

    Does my dog Nala count?

    Where do you drink it? Seated or on the go?

    In the window overlooking the wheatgrass and passersby.

    Any simultaneous non-caffeinated stimulation? (newspaper, radio, cigarettes, etc.)


    How many more cups the rest of the day?

    Usually two more espressos.

    What time will you drink your last cup?


    4 p.m.

    What’s your stance on decaf?

    I don’t drink it, I need all the energy I can get.

    When and why did you start drinking coffee?

    In high school, on the way to school, as a habit.

    Describe the most memorable cup of coffee you’ve ever had.

    The most memorable cup of coffee I have ever had was made in Ptown [Provincetown] and was French pressed by a true barista that knows so much about coffee. He actually worked on a coffee bean farm in Nicaragua and his passion was inspiring. I could have hung out with him all day!

    To submit your own My Morning Cup entry, e-mail Matt Viser at